Aztecs Fall to BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl

The Cougars won four Holiday Bowls, and they continued their mastery of the Aztecs

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    Gavin Escobar #88 of the San Diego State Aztecs runs with the ball in the first half of the game against the BYU Cougars in the Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 20, 2012 in San Diego.

    The San Diego State University Aztecs renewed an old rivalry against Brigham Young University Cougars in the Poinsettia Bowl Thursday night.

    This one didn't go exactly as Aztecs fans had planned.

    “We’ve had a really good season that didn’t end the right way,” said SDSU head coach Rocky Long.

    Aztec Dance Cheer Squad Battle of the Bands

    [DGO] Aztec Dance Cheer Squad Battle of the Bands
    The dance and cheer squads for San Diego State University participate in the Battle of the Bands for the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl at the Midway Museum.

    BYU won 23-6, snapping the Aztecs' 7-game win streak.

    They forced five turnovers. The one that really broke the Aztecs' back was when Kyle Van Noy intercepted Adam Dingwell and returned it for a touchdown.

    Aztecs SDSU Poinsettia Bowl Battle of the Bands

    [DGO] Aztecs SDSU Poinsettia Bowl Battle of the Bands
    The SDSU band competes in the Poinsettia Bowl Battle of the Bands on Wednesday at Midway Museum.

    After leading 6-3, the Aztecs were outscored 20-0 in the 4th quarter.

    “A couple of things happened early in the game that might have changed the momentum the other way. It didn’t,” Long said. “We turned the ball over way too much in the second half. It’s a simple game.”

    BYU and San Diego State have played 36 times.The Cougs have now won 28 of them.
     

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